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Faculty Scholarship & Impact

The Criminal Justice Program at Vanderbilt is ranked tenth in the country in U.S. News, and both Christopher Slobogin and Nancy King ranked in the top twelve of all criminal law and procedure professors in the Leiter Report.

Criminal Law Faculty Scholarship

Owen Jones, Law and Neuroscience (Aspen Publishers, 2nd ed. 2020) (with J. Schall, F. Shen)

Owen Jones, "Detecting Mens Rea in the Brain," 169 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1 (2020) (with G. Yaffe, R. Montague)

Owen Jones, "Law and Neuroscience: Progress, Promise, and Pitfalls," in The Cognitive Neurosciences (Gazzaniga, Mangun, and Poeppel, eds., 6th edition, 2020) (with A. Wagner)

Nancy King, Criminal Procedure and the Constitution (West Academic, 2020) (with J. Israel, et al.)

Nancy King, Annual Supplement to Modern Criminal Procedure (West Academic, 15th ed.) (with J. Israel, et al.)

Nancy King, Annual pocket part to Criminal Procedure (West Academic 6th ed.) (with W. LaFave, et al.)

Nancy King, Annual pocket parts to Criminal Procedure (Thomson Reuters 4th ed.) (7-volume treatise, with W. LaFave, et al.)

Nancy King, "Misdemeanor Appeals," 99 Boston University Law Review 1933 (2019) (with M. Heise)

Terry Maroney, "Emotion as a Judicial Virtue," in Aristotle on Emotions in Law and Politics (L. Huppes-Cluysenaer & N. Coehlo eds., 2018)

Robert Mikos, Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority (Wolters Kluwer, 2017)

Robert Mikos, "How to Make Preemption Less Palatable: State Poison Pill Legislation," 85 George Washington Law Review 1 (2017)

Michael Newton, The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Commentary and Critique (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Michael Newton, "Reframing the Proportionality Principle," 51 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 867 (2018)

Michael Newton, "Contorting Common Article 3: Reflections on the Revised ICRC Commentary," 45 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 513 (2017)

Michael Newton, "How the ICC Threatens Treaty Norms," 49 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 371 (2016) [cited by the ICC Prosecutor Nov 2017 request to Pre-Trial Chamber related to the Afghanistan situation]

Michael Newton, Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes (Cambridge University Press 2015) (with Michael P. Scharf and Milena Sterio)

Christopher Slobogin, "A World of Difference?: Law Enforcement, Genetic Data and the Fourth Amendment," 70 Duke Law Journal 100 (2021)

Christopher Slobogin, Advanced Introduction to Criminal Procedure (Elgar Press, 2020)

Christopher Slobogin, "The Case for a Federal Criminal Justice System (and Sentencing Reform)," 108 California Law Review 941 (2020)

Christopher Slobogin, "The Law on Police Use of Force in the United States," 21 German Law Journal 1526 (2020)

Christopher Slobogin, "Psychological Assessments in Legal Context: Are Courts Keeping 'Junk Science' Out of the Courtroom?" 20 Psychological Science in the Public Interest 135 (2019) (with T. Neal, M. Saks, K. Geisinger, D. Faigman)

Media Commentary

The Washington Post: Judge to weigh dropping murder charges against Catherine Hoggle in missing kids case
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. A similar story was also reported by The Independent .

Associated Press: US Supreme Court to review Kansas' lack of insanity defense
Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law, is quoted. This story has been republished by several outlets, including the Washington Post , WKRN (News 2) , U.S. News and World Report , Atlanta Journal-Constitution   and The Hill .

PolitiFact: A guide to possible paths to impeachment (or not) in the House
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor of law, is quoted.

Vox: Does AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report “exonerate” Trump? I asked 15 legal experts.
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor in Law, is quoted.

Washington Post: Why this former inmate is struggling to rent a home, even with Kim Kardashian’s help
Christopher Slobogin
, Milton R. Underwood professor in Law, is quoted.

Vox: What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 13 legal experts. - Christopher Slobogin , Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, is quoted. Slobogin also was quoted in this Telegraph piece about the viability of impeaching President Trump.

The Guardian: Trump’s ‘good person’ defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial - Christopher Slobogin

Opinion: Tennessean: Billy Irick should not be executed - Christopher Slobogin

The Tennessean: Prosecutors are fighting new Tennessee guideline on sharing evidence that helps defendants - Christopher Slobogin

BBC: Do long prison sentences deter crime? - Christopher Slobogin

Wall Street Journal: Lawyer’s office is unusual target for federal agents - Christopher Slobogin

The Wall Street Journal: States consider laws allowing courts to take guns from dangerous people Christopher Slobogin

The Washington Post: The Health 202: Here’s one reason the Florida shooter wasn’t blocked from getting a gun - Christopher Slobogin

ABC News: What’s next in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference - Christopher Slobogin

Mashable: Google Clips is a camera that snaps its own pics, but some have privacy concerns - Christopher Slobogin

The New York Times Magazine: When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence - Christopher Slobogin

Popular Science: Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it - Christopher Slobogin

CNBC: I asked 12 legal experts if the latest Trump-Russia news showed obstruction of justice - Christopher Slobogin

Vox: I asked 6 legal experts if Trump obstructed justice. Here’s what they told me. - Christopher Slobogin

The Telegraph (U.K.): What happens if Donald Trump is impeached and who would be the next president? - Christopher Slobogin

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